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    The legend of Tara's origin is that Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, was looking down from his heaven on the world of suffering beings, and he wept to see that more and more of them were in pain. From the tears streaming down his face two Taras were born, a peaceful white one from the left and a fierce green one from the right.

    Green Tara

    "She who hears the cries of the World"

    Always when you call, she will come.

    She was born from a tear of the Boddhisatva of Compassion. Her name means "One Who Saves."

    In times of great difficulty, millions of people call upon "Great Noble Tara."

    Tara is believed to protect the human beings while they are crossing the ocean of existence. Her compassion for living beings, her desire to save them from suffering, is said to be stronger than a mother's love for her children.

    Notice that Tara's leg is outstretched, stepping forward, because she is ready at any moment to jump up and help us. She carries in her left hand three night-lotuses: bud, half-bloomed, and bloomed. These symbolize spiritual unfoldment and her commitment to all sentient beings from the beginning of time, to the present moment and into the unfolding future.

    The followers of Green Tara believe that her special powers will help overcome dangers, fears, and anxieties, and that she will grant wishes. She is also believed to help one cross over from danger to safety --suffering to happiness. Her femininity imbues her with soft and compassionate feelings, and she acts very quickly and directly as a savioress. She is compassion in action and is particularly worshiped for her ability to overcome the most difficult situations. As the first Dalai Lama put it, just by being called to help, she instantaneously saves the faithful from attacks by the following eight calamities: lions (pride); wild elephants (delusions); forest fires (hatred); snakes (envy); robbers (fanatical views); prisons (avarice); floods (lust); and demons (doubts).

    She is the goddess that accepts everyone in unconditional love, including YOU. Relish her, let her begin to transform you, for that is all she desires. Surely Tara in her great compassion meant this chocolate for you.

    White Tara

    White Tara is often referred to as the Mother of all the Buddhas.     She represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her color, white, as an autumn moon; clear as a stainless crystal gem, and radiating light indicates purity, but also indicates that she is Truth, complete and undifferentiated.

    She has seven eyes: the two usual eyes, plus an eye in the center of her forehead and eyes in each of her hands and feet making up the seven eyes of knowledge. These indicate that she sees all suffering and hears all cries for help in the human world using both ordinary and psychic or extraordinary means of perception. Her eyes symbolize the vigilance of her compassion.

    White Tara has a lovely, young face. Her ornaments are covered in jewels. Her silk robes and scarves are painted in an exceptionally lively manner. These filmy garments; bright gauzy silks fluttering from the shoulders and a series of many hued silken skirts- leave the slender torso and smoothly rounded breasts uncovered in the manner of ancient India. The whole effect is so ravishing that she might well arouse the very passion she is frequently invoked to calm, were it not that she inspires the kind of exalted reverence a palace guard might be expected to feel for a young and lovely princess entrusted to his care.

    With her right hand she makes the boon granting gesture and her left hand, holding the stem of a white lotus flower between her thumb and fourth finger, is in the protection position.

    The elaborate lotus flower, held in the left hand is called Utpala. It contains three blooms: the first, with seeds, symbolizes the past; the second in full flower, symbolizes the present; and the third, ready to bloom, symbolizes the future. This signifies that White Tara is the essence of all the three Buddhas of the past, the present and the future.

    White Tara is connected with longevity. She is also the special goddess who helps her devotees overcome obstacles, particularly impediments to enlightenment.

    Enjoy our Chocolate Deities’ Taras...they are filled with Theobromine and Anandamide–substances that elicit godliness, bliss, peace, serenity, ecstasy and joy. Surely Tara, in her great compassion meant them for us.